A nice choice to have! but a difficult decision.
I have tested both, LTc in the Lakes, Ripley in Cannock so the terrain is a bit different. Both are ace, Ripley was great at climbing, cornering and getting on the power (it flies). I tried it with 120mm forks, ideally I'd have 140mm so I worry this might make the front wonder a bit on steep rocky climbs. I also don't know how this bike will be on a typical rocky lakes decent.
The LTc was also great - stable and fast; ride it over anything. Probably not quite as stable in the corners and not as easy to stand up and stomp out of corners.
Ripley has a push fit BB, SC is normal (I like), Ripley's cable routing is not as sensible.
it will mostly be ridden in the Lakes, Peaks and Cannock (plus a trip to the Alps).
Can anyone help me make up my mind?